Key extra inning plunks kick off the real season

109 for Rickie Weeks! Rickie Weeks picked up his 109th career plunk, and timed it nicely in the 10th inning of the Brewers game against Colorado. That plunk put Weeks on base to score the winning run on a walkoff sac-fly. 109 plunks extend Weeks’ Brewers franchise record, and he also extended his Miller Park record total to 53. On the all time list for career HBPs, he’s tied for 58th with Manny Ramirez and Sherry Magee.

In Cincinnati, Angels pinch hitter Hank Conger took a two out plunk in the top of the 13th inning to load the bases, setting up Chris Iannetta‘s two run single that held up as the game winning rbis. Conger didn’t score himself, but it was still a clutch 13th inning HBP. JJ Hoover threw that one for the Reds, and it was his first plunk as a major league pitcher. He’s the 599th pitcher to throw a plunk for the Reds.

AJ Burnett threw the 108th plunk of his career yesterday, hitting Nate Schierholtz. Burnett is tied for 64th on the all time list for hitting batters, tied with Tim Hudson, Gaylord Perry, and Billy Rhines. Burnett and Hudson are behind only Jamey Wright among active pitchers.

Shin-Soo Choo extended his South Korean record plunk total to 56, and Mark Ellis extended his record total for players born in South Dakota to 62.

April 2nd is the birthday of 19th century plunk master Hughie Jennings – the all time leader with 287 career HBPs – so it’s a good day for everyone to take some plunks.

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